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MAR 2019

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44 Security Business / / March 2019 I t is well known that thermal technology is ideal for large, complex enterprise applica- tions such as airports, ports and energy facilities; however, savvy integrators are now finding new and creative uses for thermal tech- nology – notably in data centers and server rooms. It is becoming a prof- itable new business opportunity for integrators focused both on SMBs as well as large commercial projects. Whether the financial and business data is flowing into a full-sized data center or simply a small server room or even a server closet, that informa- tion is critical, and the servers need to be operational 24 hours a day, every day. To accomplish that, the servers need consistent power, cooling and support systems. When a data center experiences equipment failure, the disruption of day-to-day business operations is oen immediate – with financial losses that can be devastating to an organization compounding quickly. ermal can be a vital tool to alert data center personnel of high heat – which is one of the biggest threats to the continued successful operation of a server environment. Thermal Cameras Provide Early Warning Malfunctioning or overheating equip- ment can lead to a fire – obviously a huge risk to a data center. By the time a smoke or fire is present, it is too late. Fortunately, thermal cameras can be used as early-warning devices to detect a rapid rise in heat, and thermal works long before smoke or sprinkler systems can detect this activity. ermal cameras also provide efficient preventative maintenance and proactive temperature-deviation alerts, which are absolutely critical for ensuring that data centers main- tain their stringent uptime and avail- ability requirements. It is difficult to overstate the poten- tial cost savings for businesses when it comes to protecting data center equip- ment; in fact, the cost could range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to even millions in some cases. How Thermal Works ermal cameras are capable of seeing in the dark by using infrared imag- ing or thermography to detect radiant energy given off by objects – they do not need lights, a spark or fire to see changes in temperature. e hotter an object is, the more it radiates. Infra- red imaging can detect an object's heat signature and locates device hot spots within the environment. In a data center, infrared thermog- raphy can detect "invisible" irregular- ities in electrical switchgear, unin- terruptible power supplies (UPS), Thermal Thrives in Data Centers The technology is a perfect fit for integrators serving this fast-growing vertical By Tony DeStefano Thermal technology can provide data center customers with the accurate temperature information they need to prevent catastrophic failure of servers. Video Surveillance Photo: Hikvision

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